A Vision for the Future

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On February 17, the Jacksonville Symphony made an announcement that will change the future of Northeast Florida’s cultural landscape. As patrons paused between courses at the annual Gala dinner, Gilchrist Berg, Carl Cannon, Robert Jacoby and Robert Shircliff took to the stage to announce Vision 2020, a campaign to raise $50 million by the end of 2020, with the overall goals of enhancing the Symphony’s artistic excellence, community engagement and financial stability. 

The boldest fundraising initiative ever adopted in the 67 years of the Symphony’s history, the plan calls for enhanced accessibility, expanded educational opportunities and an increased reach for the Symphony. Infrastructural capacity building and capital improvements to Jacoby Hall are also part of the effort. 

“The $50 million comprehensive campaign will ensure that the Symphony thrives artistically and financially,” said Massey. “Strengthening our Symphony is an imperative. You can’t have a great city without a great symphony. Over the next few years, our Jacksonville Symphony will develop new programming, create innovative ticketing options, enhance its community engagement, deepen its impact, enhance patron services, grow audiences, increase fundraising, transform its financial model and double the size of its endowment fund.” 

Gilchrist Berg and Carl Cannon will serve as campaign co-chairs, with Robert Jacoby and Robert Shircliff acting as honorary chairs. 

“We knew when we built the hall in 1997, we were only giving the Symphony a home, “said Cannon, who was also the co-chair of the campaign to build Jacoby Hall. “We knew it would need an infrastructure and sizable endowment to succeed. With this campaign, we’re finishing the job.”

To make a gift, mail your contribution to the Jacksonville Symphony at 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 or call 904-354-2767.

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